Strategic Relations & Communications

The Strategic Relations & Communications Division engages the community and develops industry partnerships to promote entrepreneurship, economic development in the North Country, and research opportunities for faculty and students. The Division promotes SUNY Canton's mission and initiatives through dynamic communications, media, design, and marketing.

Lenore VanderZee

Vice President for Strategic Relations & Communications

Lenore VanderZee, Ph.D.

MacArthur Hall 614A
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617


Rendering of Downtown Entrepreneurship Center


SUNY Canton places great importance on entrepreneurship and economic development as key elements of its mission. A downtown Entrepreneurship Center will offer business development and support to help drive long-term regional economic prosperity.

Liberty Partnership

Liberty Partnerships

Liberty Partnerships is founded on the belief that students will achieve academic success and lead productive lives as adults if they are provided with support, encouragement, information and effective interventions.

SUNY Canton entrance sign

Public Relations

The Office of Public Relations manages SUNY Canton's news and media services, the College's website, publications, advertising and other marketing and promotional activities.

Students work in the AISP Research lab.

Research & Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is dedicated to supporting the College faculty and staff in their efforts to seek and secure external funding for research, special projects, education and training.

Michelle Collins, Matthew Whalen, and Sonya Smith pose with the SBDC 2023 Rural Business of the Year Award at High Peaks Winery.


The New York State Small Business Development Center can help business owners meet those challenges and goals.

Students installing solar panels on a roof

Workforce, Community, & Industry Partnerships

The Center for Workforce, Community & Industry Partnerships develops innovative programming for SUNY Canton, the North Country, and beyond.